Packing For Work And Play

January 22, 2015

Time to put this suitcase to work.

Time to put this suitcase to work.

It’s time for another packing post.  This time, I packed for a 6 day, 5 night trip to England.  Unlike my prior packing posts, this was a dual function trip.  Here’s how the days broke down and what I packed:

  • 2 days travel
  • 2 days play time (sightseeing)
  • 2 days work time (business meetings)

Since this trip was work based, I used my business capsule wardrobe as the starting point for packing.  My business capsule wardrobe is based off a black core, so maintained that color scheme for my casual clothing.  In doing so, I was able to pack less footwear, which is always one of the bulkiest items to pack.  I prefer to carry-on luggage when flying if possible, but for this trip, I had to check luggage.  I checked one suitcase and brought two bags onto the plane, my handbag and my workbag.

I created three mini-capsules for my suitcase based on the 3 activities I would do: business capsule, casual capsule, and sleep/lounge wear capsule.

Work capsule in the suitcase.

Clothes from my business capsule in the suitcase.

Business Capsule wardrobe clothes that went in the suitcase:

  • Black Blazer
  • Black Sheath Dress
  • Black Tights
  • Grey Thermal Top
  • White Printed Scarf (to break up all the black)
  • Black Knit Top
  • Teal Bow Blouse
  • Black Trousers
  • Black Ballet Flats
  • Nude Knee Highs
  • Work Bag (carry-on item; contains noise canceling headphones, laptop, work papers)
Casual and Sleep/Lounge capsule in the suitcase.

Casual and Sleep/Lounge capsule in the suitcase.

Casual and Sleep/Lounge Capsule in the suitcase:

  • Sweatshirt/Sweatpants/T-Shirt/Shorts (Sleep/Lounge Capsule)
  • Grey Turtleneck
  • Black Turtleneck
  • Blue Skinny Jeans
  • Black Thermals (2 pairs)
  • Plaid Shirt
  • Black and Blue LS T’s
  • Black Lace Up Booties

Additional items in the suitcase but not shown: umbrella (well it is England after all), travel toiletries, flat iron, outlet converter, hair brush, socks and under garments.

It’s currently 10F in my area and I’m traveling to day/night 54F/35F weather, which means layering for the plane.


Outfit for the plane.

Outfit for the plane.

What I wore on the plane:

  • Black Buckle Booties
  • Navy Sweater/Jumper
  • Gingham Shirt
  • Blue Skinny Jeans
  • Handbag contains: Kindle, Camera, Sunglasses, Wallet, Passport, Antibacterial wipes, Ipod and headphones, chargers for electronics (not all items shown).
Outerlayer for the plane.

Outerlayer for the plane.

Outerlayer for the plane:

  • Coat
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves

My 3 favorite tips for plane travel:

  1. No more than 3 pairs of shoes, 2 in the bag and 1 for the plane.  My bulkiest footwear is always worn on the plane.  I could have traveled with only 2 pairs of shoes, but I’ve learned from the past that comfy footwear at home can sometimes go crazy on a trip and suddenly become uncomfortable.  I always pack a third pair on trips when I know I’ll be walking a lot.
  2. Travel in (almost) the same outfit.  The sweater/jumper and jeans will be worn only for the travel days, this way I feel like I have a (sort of) clean outfit for travel.  I’ll swap the gingham shirt for the plaid one in the suitcase, otherwise it’s the same outfit.
  3. Stick to one core color.  Sticking to a black core, means my clothes will mix and match easily.  If I end up stranded for some reason (it’s happened in the past) I can remix everything easily for a new outfit.

Do you stick to 1 core color for travel?


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